OLYMPIC gold medallist Usain Bolt was the guest of honour at a fundraising event for the Zeitz Foundation; a charity with strong Guernsey connections.
Guernsey-born Liz Rihoy, sister of Rihoy & Son’s chairman and managing director Jeremy and Gavin, is programme director for the foundation, which aims to maintain or improve the integrity of ecosystems through effective, sustainable management.
The foundation has received financial support from both the Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee and the Ellen Jane Rihoy Trust, established by Dr Rihoy and her brothers and named after their mother.
Jeremy and Gavin flew to London for the prestigious event, which was held at the London Zoo. As well as Usain Bolt, the evening was also attended by Zeitz Foundation founder Jochen Zeitz, former Olympic medallist Colin Jackson, designer Stella McCartney and her husband Alasdhair Willis, actress and model Tamsin Egerton, rapper Wretch 32 and artist and film-maker Isaac Julien.
The evening raised £175,000, which will be split between Zeitz Foundation’s work conserving ecosystems around the world and Zoological Society of London’s efforts to protect cheetah and African wild dogs, along with the landscapes that support them.
‘It was a fantastic evening and we were pleased that we could go, not only to support Liz but also represent Guernsey as there are strong links between the Zeitz Foundation and the island. It was a good opportunity for us to hear more about the foundation’s work and the real benefit it is having in communities all over the world,’ said Jeremy.
Most of the money raised was from the auction, which featured, among other things, a once in a lifetime trip to Richard Branson’s Necker Island that finally sold for £30,000.